Mission

WIP seeks to make early stage investments in technology and life science companies, through which we can leverage member expertise, contacts, and interests toward superior investment outcomes.

Key Statistics:
  • Founded in 2000 by Dick Leazer and Terry Sivesind
  • Over 90 Angel Investors with vast industry expertise
  • Investments in more than 65 companies, including over 40 current investments
  • $3.5 - $4.0 Million invested annually
  • Thousands of startup companies have been formally screened and/or evaluated by members
  • Among the top 10 most active angel groups nationally (2015 Halo Report)

Co-Managers of WIP


Andrea Dlugos
Andrea is an operations professional with a diverse business background. She has a proven record of leading and implementing quality and process improvement initiatives focused on achieving key performance measures for growth, ROI and customer satisfaction. Specialties: Project management, vendor management, pricing, business analysis, financial analysis, business intelligence.
Matt Kelly
Matt joined WIP in 2012 and has been an active member and consultant for the past several years. He became a co-manager as of 2017. Matt brings four years of experience as a major project finance attorney at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP, one of the world’s leading law firms. He graduated cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law, where he served as Senior Note & Comment Editor on the Social Policy law journal. In addition to his law degree, Matt has a B.S. in Biochemistry and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Matt is active in the angel and venture capital communities. He acts as a mentor for gener8tor companies, and has served as a judge for the Governor’s Business Plan competition. Matt currently serves as board observer for Swallow Solutions, LLC, a co-board observer for Silatronix, Inc., SOLOMO Technology, Inc. and Madison Vaccines Inc., and serves as company secretary for Phoenix Nuclear Labs, LLC and Swallow Solutions, LLC. Matt is a member of the Wisconsin bar. He and his wife own The Kitchen Gallery in downtown Madison.
Michael Thorson
Mike is the Founder and Managing Director of Inventure Capital, a multi-strategy investment firm based in Madison, WI. Before returning home to Wisconsin in 2010, Mike was the head of EMEA Global Rates, Currencies and Commodities at Bank of America in London for 3 years. Prior to that, he was the President of Banc of America Securities - Japan in Tokyo, and he also held senior positions at Soros Funds Limited and Bankers Trust Company spanning a 16 year career in finance. Mike graduated in 1990 with a BS in Economics and a concentration in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, where he was the Deputy Brigade Commander and a starting cornerback on the Army Football team. He earned his Master's Degree from Brasenose College, Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar in 1992, and then served as a Lieutenant of Infantry in the US Army. Mike is a native of Onalaska, WI.
Bob Wood
Active with Wisconsin Investment Partners since inception. Background includes the start-up through sale of Space-Metrics, LLC, a manufacturing firm specializing in commercial and residential cabinetry, store fixtures, and office furniture. Prior experience includes involvement in the start-up of American Players Theatre (Spring Green, Wisconsin). On-going interests in urban re-development including the mixed-use projects 'Capitol Point' and 'Nolen Shore' in central Madison.

Advisory Board/Emeritus Co-Managers


John Bodilly, CPA
Managing partner of Bodilly CPAs & Consultants LLP. John has been practicing public accounting since 1977. He specializes in providing complete financial and tax consulting services to small business, partnerships and corporations. This includes minimizing income taxes, identifying additional tax deductions, selecting the best choice of entity to operate in, reducing self-employment taxes, selecting the appropriate retirement plan, dealing with IRS, improving the profits of your business, improving the cash flow of your business, strategic planning, determining the value of your business, cost benefit analysis and assistance in obtaining loans. John received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin. John is a member of the AICPA and the WICPA.
Mark Duerst
Mark Duerst is Sr. Vice President Sales for Hologic, a $2B NASDAQ listed healthcare company and leader in medical equipment, imaging and laboratory diagnostics for women. He has 30 years of experience in senior management positions in sales and marketing, working in both U.S. and world-wide markets. His previous work experience includes founding sales / marketing efforts at GE-LUNAR and working with computer accounting software, test equipment, medical disposables, hearing implants, radiology equipment, biomarkers and pharmaceuticals. Mark has served as a corporate advisor and as an industrial committee representative for several medical societies. In 1978, Mark graduated from UW La Crosse with a BS degree in Business Administration.
Dick Leazer
Was Managing Director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, which handles the patenting and licensing of discoveries at UW Madison. Prior to WARF, Dick was president of Ohmeda, an international manufacturer of acute care medical devices and equipment, and President of Anaquest, an acute care pharmaceutical products company, both divisions of BOC. Dick is a past or active member of the board of several health care companies. Dick graduated from the University of Iowa Business School in 1963 and the Drexel Institute of Technology in 1966.
Thomas Rockwell "Rock" Mackie, PhD.
Co-founded TomoTherapy Inc. in 1997 and has served as Chairman of its Board of Directors since 1999. He was President of TomoTherapy Inc. from 1997-1999 and Treasurer from 1997-2000. Since 1987, Dr. Mackie has been a professor in the departments of Medical Physics and Human Oncology at the University of Wisconsin, where he established the TomoTherapy research program. He is the inventor on more than 15 patents and also co-founded Geometrics Corporation (which merged with ADAC Corp.). Dr. Mackie currently serves as President of the Medical Physics Foundation, and on the boards of Cellectar Inc., a drug development company, BioIonix Inc., a water treatment company, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Calibration Laboratory. Dr. Mackie has a BSc in Physics from the University of Saskatchewan and a PhD in Physics from the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Nick Mischler
Active in angel investing, community service and charitable giving. He is a serial innovator, entrepreneur, retired physician executive and clinician. Nick serves on the Boards of several start-up, life science companies and non-profit, community organizations. He is a mentor at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Nick earned a BA from Marquette University, an MD from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MS from the University of Wisconsin. He completed his internal medicine and oncology training at the Universities of Iowa and Wisconsin, respectively, and served in the United States Armed Forces as a Navy flight surgeon.
Andy Shrago
Andy Shrago was most recently SVP, Sales and Marketing for Prodesse, a company focused on molecular diagnostics for infectious disease. He was an initial investor and senior officer in this start-up in May, 2002. The company was sold to Gen-Probe (San Diego, CA) in October 2009 in a deal totaling $72 million. Andy stayed through March 2010 to complete the sales and marketing integration. Prior to Gen-Probe, he ran his own consulting business (Woodmont Associates 2000-2002) and worked for Datex-Ohmeda (now a GE company 1984-1999) in a variety of positions - financial, marketing and general management. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Cornell University.
Terry Sivesind
Terry Sivesind has been involved in early stage biotechnology companies in Wisconsin since the early 1980s. He has been a founder in several companies, including PanVera Corporation, Mirus Corporation, Renovar, and Metabiologics.
Brad Taylor
Brad Taylor is a former investment banker, retiring from Babcock & Brown in Hong Kong in 1998. A former Treasurer and Director of his familys company, the Rhinelander Coca-Cola Bottling Co., Brad worked in New York, Caracas, San Francisco and Hong Kong for Citibank, American Express Bank, Combustion Engineering/Asea Brown Boveri and Babcock & Brown in international banking and project finance. Since retirement, hes authored Wisconsin Where They Row (UW Press, 2005) and The Family Joke Book (Sunstone Press, 2000). A graduate from UW in business (1968) and from Indiana University with an MBA (1970), Brad is the founder and Secretary of Friends of UW Mens Crew, Inc., a 501( c)(3) generating program and endowment funds in support of this oldest UW varsity sport.
Tracy Yaktus
For the past several years, Tracy has handled the day-to-day operations of Wisconsin Investment Partners. She was named co-manager in July 2014 and continues in her current role as well as taking on additional roles as a WIP co-manager. Prior to joining WIP, Tracy was with Piper Jaffray and Madison Investment Advisors.